At least 10 dead in prison riots in Ecuador

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Ten people died on Friday after inmate clashes at the El Inca prison in the northern part of the capital Quito. Equatorial. There are now “ten confirmed deaths” in Pichincha 1 prison, the prison service (SNAI) said.

A previous account of the victims, which had been made public by the prosecution, spoke of nine dead.

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The victims, who had no gunshot or knife wounds, were ‘apparently strangled’ police general Victor Herrera told the press.

The general, who is in charge of security in Quito, assured that security forces have brought the situation in the prison under control.

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The prosecutor’s office will begin an “investigation,” the institution said earlier on Twitter.

In early November, the Lasso government began transferring around 2,400 inmates, a decision that sparked a violent backlash from gangs, mainly involved in drug trafficking. They launched car bomb attacks on petrol stations and police stations, as well as using firearms.

Eight people, including five police officers, were killed in these attacks in Guayaquil. The port has become a strategic hub for drug trafficking to the US and European markets and a gang stronghold.

Source: News Beast

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